The one thing all great leaders do really well is the ability to build trust in all of their personal and professional relationships.
Why is trust so important? Because to be a successful Leader you have to be able to inspire people to take positive action.
And, people will not take positive action based upon something you suggest, or something you tell them to do, unless they trust you.
Successful Leaders s know how to cultivate and grow trust with others, that's why Grow Trust is one one of the Five Wake Up Eager Habits.
To Grow Trust focuses on how good you are at building trust in peer,
client, and teammate relationships so that they have confidence in you.
If you've mastered this Habit, people tend to believe that your intentions are good,
that they can depend on you, and do not need to protect themselves from you.
This is important because high trust relationships have been proven to create
more speed, efficiency, and success.
Also, with high trust, and low resistance, relationships are more prosperous
and fulfilling because each person is more willing to be open, honest, and even vulnerable.
The definition of leadership success includes promotions, close relationships, a great work product, and financial abundance. And that good 'stuff' unfolds due to your ability to: Grow Trust.
Here's why... if I trust you and you trust me, then when we work together, we spend ALL of our time focusing on what we are working on and getting the best results. NO time is wasted second-guessing motives, 'watching my back,' defending myself or blaming each other.
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more,
do more and become more, you are a leader."
John Quincy Adams
When we trust each other we don't waste valuable time and energy, stubbornly stalling progress and purposefully withholding information, because we are suspect of each others intent or motives. When trust is high, everything moves faster and is less expensive.
Think about teammates, clients and peers you've trusted over the years... because you trusted these people, you were able to focus on the facts and the situation at hand. No time was spent worrying about the other person's motives or hidden agendas when you had high trust, right?
Now think about someone you don't trust. How well did you work with this person?
Look at the security checks at the airport. This is an unfortunately necessary low-trust situation. It means more time for travelers, and more money and expense for the aviation industry. (The Atlanta airport - my hometown - is the slowest!)
“To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.”
Here are simple, but not easy, answers to how to grow trust. These skill areas are not like a college degree that you hang on the wall. These skills are areas that require continual attention and focus:
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